These conversations are all about the art and the power of networking. It's connected to the idea that every single one of us is no more than six degrees from being connected to one another. The connections we make and the relationships we build make us the incredible people we are today and that we will become tomorrow. This is a collection of lessons learned by people from different backgrounds and on different journeys. This conversation is for those who want to improve their networking skills and cultivate more meaningful professional relationships.
I recently connected with Kristen on LinkedIn and we both share the same passion for people, for learning and for empowering others. A virtual "coffee meeting" led to an invitation to be on my podcast, which in turn, led to this conversation here. I'm excited to introduce others to Kristen and hope that you'll enjoy the conversation as much as we had having it!
For the last 12 years Kristen has consulted with hundreds of organizations in various industries helping them create more positive and productive workplaces. Her specialties have been talent management, leadership development, organizational wellness, team effectiveness and performance management.
She started her coaching practice so that she could work with more individuals on a one-on-one basis and have a deeper impact. Her mission in the workplace is to help leaders develop greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence, lead with courage, reach their full potential and bring out the best in their teams. She also supports people in finding more balance, meaning, clarity and fulfillment in their careers and lives. She’s dedicated to empowering individuals to become more aware of their strengths, blind spots, values and purpose.
Kristen is a graduate of McMaster University, having attained her Honors Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology. She is accredited through the International Coach Federation and completed her coach training and certification through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) where she achieved her CPCC designation.
On a personal note, Kristen is a big believer in kindness and intentional living. She’s passionate about humanizing the workplace and creating empowering work environments where people thrive.
Satyen Pathak (aka Salt) is my oldest and dearest friend, as we grew up together in Sugar Land, Texas and lived through many of life’s highs and lows together. When we both found ourselves living in Dallas and going through the job search process together several years ago, we actually talked about memorializing our interviewing/networking experiences somehow and sharing with others...but it never happened. I never forgot that and those thoughts were a big part of how and why I created this podcast. I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as we enjoyed having it!
Satyen Pathak has been in the material handling industry for 20 years and has held several roles from Product Management, Technical Support, to Business Development. He has traveled the globe to speak at conferences, panel discussions, trade shows, and to support industry educational organizations. Satyen holds industry patents and has won product innovation awards. He holds an MBA from Ashford University in Organizational Leadership. He has a passion for road cycling, golfing, travelling, and most of all spending time with his family.
I sat down recently with Timothy Wheeler, President and CEO of Wheeler Staffing Partners, a staffing firm based in Allen, Texas. We talked about how we got connected, shared stories about networking, and the importance of leveraging tools like LinkedIn as a job seeker and working professional. Timothy's easy demeanor and years of experience in the business made this a great conversation!
For Timothy, recruiting started at an early age as he was a sought after football recruit coming out of his high school near Oklahoma City. Early on, he saw the good, the bad, and the ugly side of recruiting of high-level athletes. After finishing his football career and college degree at Texas A&M University - Commerce, he decided to start a recruiting career with one of the nation's largest staffing firms, Aerotek. The rest, as they say, is history. Over the last 24 years, he's worked several recruiting jobs eventually becoming President/COO of HLP Solutions, an IT, Telecommunications, Engineering staffing firm based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2012, he became CEO and Partner of WheelHouse Resource Partners, another staffing firm based in Plano, Texas. In June 2014, he founded Wheeler Staffing Partners, a staffing firm focused on contract, contract-to-hire, direct hire, contingency, and executive positions. Wheeler Staffing Partners started in his house and has grown to nearly 90 employees. The firm just celebrated their five-year anniversary.
When he's not working requisitions and landing people jobs, he spends his time on the football field...as a coach. Timothy's got a passion for youth sports and gives back by coaching young boys who are getting ready to play junior high football in Rockwall, Texas.
I recently met Gregory Tall at a conference I was attending in Chicago. He was one of several speakers and I was instantly drawn to his high energy, positive personality. With several shared work experiences and a shared appreciation for networking and creating meaningful professional relationships, I knew that Greg was someone I needed to get to know and someone I needed to invite to be a guest on this podcast. Fortunately, he agreed and I'm glad to share our conversation with you here.
About Gregory Tall:
Gregory Tall is a high-energy speaker and facilitator who helps professionals & entrepreneurs become better communicators.
After spending 15 years helping high-growth organizations acquire & develop diverse talent and build top workplaces, Gregory now designs and facilitates interactive learning experiences that teach participants how to communicate with employees, peers, customers, investors, and other stakeholders in the most compelling way.
Gregory’s immersive workshops include his signature high-energy delivery, interactive exercises, videos, mobile technology and slide decks that are pure eye candy! Gregory has delivered hundreds of presentations in settings ranging from the boardroom of a 30-person start-up company to the unexplainably chilly hotel ballroom filled with hundreds of heavily-caffeinated conference attendees. Gregory’s past clients have included highly-recognized Fortune 500 companies, mission-driven not-for-profit organizations, and volunteer-led professional associations.
Gregory holds an M.B.A. from the Morris Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Gregory is also an avid reader & walker, a public radio junkie, a shameless abuser of Post-It easel pads and someone who absolutely insists on having a chocolate chip cookie. Every. Single. Day.
I consider myself fortunate to have a friend and mentor in David Alexander. Our relationship has spanned nearly 15 years, starting in Seattle, Washington and landed in the DFW area. I value his wisdom, his experience and his calming presence. David and I recently sat down (again) to talk about our connection, the value of networking, and the importance of putting others first when it comes to relationshiping.
David Alexander is a seasoned global human resources executive with extensive experience building organizational and people capability in top global firms including SAP, AT&T, Washington Mutual and Gateway Computers. David is presently a Managing Director with the Human Capital Group, a global executive search and leadership advisory. He is also currently serving as a board member for Simple Pay, a growing health insurance company based in Dallas.
Prior to joining the Human Capital Group, David served as the Chief People Officer for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, one of the fastest growing and most successful privately held restaurant chains. During David’s tenure, the company grew from 10,000 to nearly 20,000 employees and doubled its restaurant count from 200 to 400 worldwide.
Before joining Raising Cane’s, David was recruited to Fleetpride Inc., a TPG portfolio company that is the largest independent distributor of parts for the large truck industry. David was responsible for building Fleetpride’s recruitment and sales training capability. Prior to Fleetpride, David served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for DFC Global, a publicly held global financial services firm with 10 businesses in 13 different countries. During his tenure at DFC, David built the business case and successfully implemented Workday across all businesses globally. He also redesigned and implemented the global talent management and performance management system.
Before joining Fleetpride, David held significant senior leadership roles with SAP, Washington Mutual, AT&T, Gateway Computer, Allied Signal and Compaq Computers. David’s tenure with these global companies provided him a broad and unique set of best in class experiences and skills.
David is a former United States Air Force Officer and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Jordan Gross is a new connection of mine and this conversation is a testament to the power or relationshiping and being open to saying, "yes". Jordan recently approached me on LinkedIn, inviting me to connect and sharing his quest to be on 90 podcasts in 90 days. I said, "yes" and I'm so thankful that I did. Not only do I have a new connection with shared values around networking, connecting with others, building relationships and positive thinking, but I've got a new friend in Jordan Gross. This conversation is the second conversation we ever had and I know you'll enjoy!
Jordan is a Northwestern and Kellogg School of Management graduate, a two-time startup founder, a TEDx speaker, and a #1 best-selling author. His upcoming book, The Journey to Cloud Nine, provides a new approach to the personal development world by using fictional storytelling to reveal some of life's most meaningful principles. Jordan has been asking hundreds of people around the world how they live their lives on cloud nine, and he cannot wait to share this with all of you!
I recently spent some dedicated time with Ed Wallace as we're partnering to create a leadership development program at Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. that will create "cultural ambassadors" within the organization who embody the "1KS" mindset and develop internal talent, creating future leaders of the organization. Ed and I took a break during our work session to have a conversation about relationshiping and the power of building relational capital. Ed also shared an abbreviated version of his "cab ride to destiny" story that changed his life and impacted his entire career. Ed is a trusted partner of Kirby-Smith and new friend. I am looking forward to doing BIG things with him at Kirby-Smith!
Ed Wallace is the President of AchieveNEXT Human Capital. Ed consults with and speaks for corporations and associations across the globe with a client list that is a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Fares to Friends, Creating Relational Capital, Business Relationships That Last, and his most recent the #1 best-selling The Relationship Engine. In addition, Ed is currently on the Executive Education faculty of Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and Villanova University’s Human Resources Master’s program.
I sat down with Alex Ju just weeks away from his graduation from the University of Texas at Austin to talk about networking, relationshiping, the job search process for a graduating senior, and how he managed to juggle multiple priorities during his time college career. Alex is a friend, a Texas Wrangler brother, and an all-around good guy who's got a very bright future ahead of him as he begins his career with Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado. I especially appreciate his personal mantra - put yourself out there, stay humble, and be resilient.
About Alex Ju
Alex Ju was born and raised in Houston,Texas. After graduating from High School in 2014, Alex decided to follow in his parents footsteps and attend their alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. While there, he studied mechanical engineering and economics. In addition to his studies, Alex was elected to be the President for Texas Wranglers, a Spirit Organization, focusing on community service in Austin. He led an organization of 108 college students to serve the school and local community. During the summers of 2016 and 2017, Alex returned home to Houston, Texas and interned with TechnipFMC in new product development and supplier quality improvement programs. The new product development internship, he was exposed to the product development process, including concept selection, detailed design, prototyping and functional testing. In the supplier quality improvement internship, he gained knowledge and skills in root cause analysis by assisting suppliers in quality improvement and learned the importance of building relationships with suppliers by working collaboratively with them to drive product quality improvement. During the Summer of 2018, right before his senior year of college, Alex interned at Ford Motor Company as a Process Engineering Intern at the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Detroit, Michigan. Alex was tasked to optimize production cycle time for machining transmission cases. By applying Six-Sigma principles, Alex collaborated with Union Automotive Workers to implement three improvement ideas to reduce the cycle time by 19%, resulting in a total cost saving of more than $4.5 million over the next five years. After graduating from college in 2019, Alex will move to Colorado to work for Lockheed Martin as a manufacturing engineer.
Alex can be found on instagram (@alex.xiaoju) and can be contacted at email@example.com
Marcos and I have been friends since Fall 1993, when we were both attending the University of Texas and going through the Maverick program (www.texaswranglers.org) together. Despite time and space, we've managed to stay closely connected over the years and I've always been fascinated by the work he does writing and directing movies. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with him when he was on tour (literally, he was walking to dinner with the band when we did this interview) with In The Valley Below, promoting his new movie, "The Pink Chateau". We talked about his journey from Austin to Manhattan to Miami to Hollywood and all the twists and turns along the way, in addition to the power of networking and building effective relationships.
Writer/director Marcos Efron was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Houston, Texas. Following a short career in finance, Marcos moved to Los Angeles and learned his craft from the ground up, writing and directing commercials, short films, and award-winning music videos. He is a Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist (screenwriting fellowship for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - aka the Oscars) for LOVE NOTES, a script based on his Sundance short film "Common Practice." Following that, Marcos co-wrote and directed AND SOON THE DARKNESS with Amber Heard and Karl Urban for Studiocanal. Other work includes the rewrite of AMAPOLA for Fox International, the one-hour series BIRMINGHAM for Sony TV, the book-to-series adaptation of IRONFIRE with Jon Cassar (“24”) directing, the adaptation of the young adult novel THE DECLARATION for Laurence Mark Prods/Sony Pictures, and the adaptation of the historical memoirs TRIALS OF THE EARTH for Morgan Freeman and producer Kerry Hamilton. Marcos has just wrapped production on the feature-length music video for In The Valley Below. His next feature is slated to shoot in 2019, with Lynwood Spinks (PASSENGERS) producing. Marcos’s first novel, the young adult adventure BEYOND CITADEL, is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.
Marcos can be found on Instagram (@marcos_efron) and Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/marcosefron/directorreel.
Interview Date: April 15, 2019
Interview Location: Virtual (Zoom)
I sat down with Del Keffer, a Columbus, Ohio native and 40 year veteran of durable goods distribution to talk about relationshiping, the power of listening and investing in others, and our shared interest and commitment to making Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. a great place to work. Del is incredibly passionate about, and steadfastly believes that, trust-based business relationships and teamwork drive superior results. As Kirby-Smith's VP of Sales, I appreciate his leadership and ability to bring out the best in people.
Tune into my conversation with Brandy Schade as we talk about #relationshiping, #strengthsfinder and how one size does NOT fit all when it comes to #networking and building meaningful relationships.
Brandy Schade is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who has been helping individuals and teams leverage their strengths to increase performance over the past five years. Her background spans statistics, programming, processes improvement, system analysis, speaking and coaching. She has spent time working in product, pricing, sales, development, delivery, operations, consulting and emerging technology across industries such as life and health insurance, actuarial consulting, fitness and travel technology. Reach out to Brandy today to maximize your strengths!
#Gallup #StrengthsFinder #CliftonStrengths #Coach #StrengthsCoach #StrengthsFinder2.0 #GallupCoach
Be sure to tune into my conversation with Sean Self, Founder and CEO of Self Opportunity, a recruitment solutions company based in Lewisville, TX. I had the pleasure of working with Sean years ago (as a client) and we established a relationship of trust and respect that we need more of in today's business environment. Sean has a great story to tell about how his career got started, the value of putting yourself out there and saying "yes", and some great thoughts on how to prioritize your time as it relates to networking events and commitments.
#networking #relationshiping #dfw #recruiting #selfopportunity #MOTM #baldisbeautiful
Tune into my conversation with Jan Watson, Founder and CEO of Better Job Fit, Inc., as we talk about #networking, #relationshiping, finding a job versus creating a job, behavioral diversity, what it means to "play it small", and so much more!
About Jan Watson
With over two decades of global business development and job-placement experience ranging from the corridors of Capitol Hill to the front lines of the healthcare industry, Jan is recognized as being on the cutting edge of science to position people in their strengths. With an impressive track record in domestic and international sales, marketing, and training, she is a powerful presenter, trainer and author committed to creating positive company cultures, seamless teams and helping individuals transition strategically into their next career path and purpose.
In 2009, Jan left the top ranks of a multi-national ophthalmic industry leader and started her consulting firm, training and mentoring individuals and groups to become more efficient individually and collectively, maximizing their strengths. While surveying and analyzing scientific results of individual behavior traits and their influence on successful team dynamics and employee turnover, Jan found that true diversity extends beyond the external and physical, but to the differences we can’t see, Behavior Diversity™. Individuals possessing extremes of such behavior traits as assertiveness, decisiveness or sociability, may perceive themselves as being bullied, causing feelings of isolation or may perceive others as weak or unengaged, leading to turnover. Understanding individual ranges and how to bridge behavior “resistance gaps” decreases miscommunication, facilitates safe and healthy conversations, and increases workplace satisfaction rates.
Social Justice and Workforce Development Programs
As Jan’s desire to help others create dynamic change grew into her life’s purpose, she transitioned her company into the non-profit organization, Better Job Fit, Inc. She is committed to social justice and counsels the Veteran and Foster Care populations, maintaining strong alliances with non-profit agencies such as The River Jordan Legacy, American Veterans Alliance and Vet Power to create internships and permanent placements for those in transition and too often neglected or overlooked in their struggles to start over.
Take a ride with Bruce Waller and I in the "carpool lane"! In this episode, we talk about networking, vulnerability, the importance of showing up, three different types of networks (external, internal and social), and Bruce's book, "Find Your Lane". Tune in to find out why Bruce is one of the HR icons of our time!
You can find Bruce at www.brucewaller.com and you can find me at www.sethmccolley.com.
Mike Caracalas is a friend, former boss, leadership coach and author. I sat down with Mike to talk about the importance of networking, pivotal networking moments in his career, and lessons learned along the way. Join us for a real, honest conversation about relationshiping and the power of being comfortable with yourself.
You can find Mike at www.caracalas.com and his book is "Corporate Life is Hell".